Cold Rain & Snow, Minglewood Blues, Dire Wolf, My Brother Esau, Big Railroad Blues, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Tennessee Jed-> Let It Grow Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Don't Ease Me In
FOB>3 Senn. 421's>MC>DAT>CD; via Tom Eliason; Seeded to etree by Willy
September 13, 2017 Subject:
Lowdown on the show
I drove up from Tucson with a friend - couple months from graduating from Sabino High School - I was a head in the 70's and 80's, but honestly the Dead was not a band Iistened to or even followed (today, my musical interests changed, I can't imagine WHY I didn't listen to em - I guess I just wasn't ready yet)
Anyhoo, it was an experience, and I guess that's primarily what I was looking for - waiting in line I remember several guys and gals walking up and down the line calling out "acid, mushrooms" - we thought it was funny at the time, but having read other accounts about undercover narcs I can see where that was possible - when we got up to the ticket turnstile, the cops or security guys had a guy who basically had an entire recording studio shoved up the pant legs of his jeans - mic stand, mics, the whole bit
Brief note on the weather - we hung out at the top of the bowl (probably it was too crowded at the bottom, but the top was flatter and we could play frisbee and hackey sack easier so that's where we were) - as I looked out towards Tucson (south) there was a WALL of DUST out in the desert - one of those epic sand storms you see on the net - I don't think it ever got to the arena (can't remember it doing so) but it was windy and it was the first one I had ever seen - and I lived in Arizona for about 20 years - seen dust devils and such in Tucson, but never a WALL of dust like that day) - so WINDY day for sure, but NO RAIN
Anyway, playing frisbee with friends, look over and a guy completely nude walking down the grass aisle - thin, bearded, probably (likely) tripping pretty well - still sunny at this time, nice day for an outdoor concert
The show - there was a LOT of grass and hash going around for sure - remember, I had grown up more of a classic rock concert guy (Ted Nugent, Rush, Styx) so the music put me literally to sleep! No joke, after about an hour and a half, I was out! Later, my friend told me the reason they were called Grateful Dead was because that's how you felt after they were done (lol) - no kidding, those guys went on and on and on.
I saw another show at Compton - can't remember if it was before or after - Pat Benetar right after her big Grammy wins - think Golden Earring was open for her - went with girlfriend - she was crazy for Benetar, even had me put her on my shoulders during the show!
Was listening to this on GD Radio and then the Let It Grow hit... came here to see what anyone may have said, and Skobud's description nails it.
September 30, 2013 Subject:
This consort was live on the day I was born! I like to think it was in honor of my life lol. I don't think the Dead realize it though lol.
March 25, 2013 Subject:
Shite! Not another one!
I just finished writing a review for the 3-25-85 aud and now the same thing here.
An excellent recording made unlistenable by the playing.
Dang it all to heck :(
November 21, 2012 Subject:
Two stars for LIG. Zero stars for the rest.
This week we are revisiting the Spring Tour opener from ’83. I gave this show approximately three full listens and each time I basically came up with the identical feeling – Where is the fire boys? What is the rush? This show most definitely has some stellar highs, but for the most part this is one of the sloppiest shows I have ever heard. I don’t really know if its rust, everyone being blown out or just a terrible combination of both. Several times I found myself literally wondering what in the hell they were doing and why the jams sounded so disjointed. Almost every song in the first set starts as if they are completely out of sync.
I listened to the Aud and I have to say it is one remarkable recording for 1983. Several times you can hear the wind kick up and Bobby makes a comment on the weather right before the encore, so I am guessing some weird shit was going on weather wise all day. Perhaps the weather had an affect on the show as well.
We start this one off with CRS and this one falls completely apart at approximately the two minute mark. It really did not work at all yet as they always do, they definitely managed to pull it back together for a big wind up finish that wasn’t nearly as bad as the rest of the tune. Minglewood is next and starts off all over the place. I could hardly tell what the hell was going on for the first minute, and then Bobby comes on and is really freakin fired up. He is straining heavily and then starts with this really nutty slide play – just reckless sloppiness going on up there this evening so far. There was a moment there at the end that I distinctly heard Phil play the riff from “Going Down” like two or three times around. A double time Dire kicks off next with Jerry proclaiming “From the Backwash of Frenario” to start off the tune. I laughed, but this one was not so good either. Definitely one of the weirder Dire’s out there. Really fast and nasally and just hurried in general. Not exactly the comforting storytelling session that this wonderful tune can be at its best. Brother Esau is next, and once again Bobby is going crazy with the slide. This one is done a little slower and its pretty good, but Bobby just kills it with the slide play. Big Railroad comes up next and is super quick and not too bad. I enjoyed hearing it and crowd surely loved it. The MAMU>Big River combo that follows is pretty forgettable. Forced, too fast and all over the freakin place. Tennessee follows, and thank god they are slowing down this frantic, speedball pace. If it’s possible to say – I think Tennessee is the high point of this first set so far. I will go on record as saying I have never ever said that about any show, ever. With that being said, I had no idea what I was in for with the LIG that follows. Jeezus man, what in the world is happening during the first two minutes of this one. I really cant even tell. Its like they fade into it superhero fast and the first verses miss so bad, and then they just keep forging ahead at a blistering pace until it works. Jerry slowly starts coming to the front and at about the 230 mark he is literally shot out of a cannon. Are you freaking kidding me? This one is absolutely frantic – and starting to sound better I might add. Phil is absolutely banging away and this one is completely off the charts. If I saw this live and I was dosed, I would have most likely had a heart attack – or at the very least heart palpitations. This one is so fucking fast and remarkably tight at the same time. WOW!! Its like this one almost caved in on itself at the beginning and that closeness ended up exploding into a million spinning notes all over the crowd.. This is a goddam hurricane of epic proportions. Holy smokes man, WTF was that about?? Where in the hell did that come from? Astounding how fast this is and how well it works. That is by far one of the trippiest LIG’s I have ever heard. Hat’s off to this unreal piece of work. Again, completely unlike any other LIG this reviewer has ever heard.
Thoughts on the first set – Terrible with the exception the ungodly out of body experience known as Let it Grow. Forced, rushed and sloppily played for the most part. I will say Phil seems to be on this evening. Several times so far I have heard him standing out hitting many notes in the upper register, and he seems to having a great show.
The second set start out with a pretty snappy Help>Slip>Franklin’s. The Slip part is pretty damn quick but overall done well with a little different feel to it. I cant really knock this as I did read after writing my review that this was a bust out after a 5 or 6(?) year hiatus. It definitely did not seem as rushed as any part of the first set. I will say Jerry’s vocals do sound awful this evening. All night he has sounded like his adam’s apple is stuck near the top of his throat. Playin’>Drums>Space>Throwin’>NFA>Black Peter>Sugar Mags is next, and for the most part is not very good. Rather than walk everyone through exactly what I did not like, I will talk about what I did dig in this Jam. Playin, after they drop in has some very interesting elements going on, and again has a really different feel to it. I also enjoyed Throwin’ out of space. Was not rushed and they did a great job with it imo. Sugar Mags finished things off with a bang and after a little banter from Bobby, they go right into Don’t Ease which was also done pretty well. For the most part the transitions were not good at all and the playing was sloppy and too goddam hyper for my taste.
Thoughts on this show as a whole – Not so good. I would not say its as bad as 5/8/84, but its still pretty bad. The LIG however, has so much going for it that I will say this show falls in the “moments of brilliance” category. Even with that beautiful monstrosity, this show is still utterly forgettable. Harsh perhaps, but they just plain sounded off. I don’t fault them for it as it was their first show of the year really, but perhaps they shoulda rehearsed at least one or two more times before taking the stage. Ehh, such is life. They all can’t be winners. I am giving this show a marginal recommendation solely on the strength of LIG, and I give this effort a C- to D+.
June 30, 2012 Subject:
Great Audience recording........down and occasionally up show
Garcia seems particularly lost during an uneven first set which is mainly highlighted by a decent run through on Let It Grow. The first Esau is an interesting sidebar to this set. The 2nd set fares somewhat better with a relatively passable, considering the layoff, H>S>F. The Playin' is agai adequate but nothing to write home about. Throwing Stones is decent while the jarring and short NFA is mostly, eh......the rest of the show is standard but well executed. What acn you say.......first show of the year.
September 17, 2010 Subject:
Right from the start with "cold rain and snow" to the very last song "don't ease me in" the guys are having fun.maybe it was the first show of the year and they were a litle rough,i loved it.they were Hot from the beginning to the end.jerry and bob were just feeding off each other.this show is amazing, thanks, for this great concert.
October 14, 2009 Subject:
My Brother Esau
According to the Annotated Grateful Dead, This show was the first time they played Esau
August 31, 2006 Subject:
Best AUD I ever heard
Unfortunately the show is not as good as quality of recording. It seemed that guys were out of form that time. The main highlight is interesting performance of âLet It Growâ
August 5, 2006 Subject:
Do yourself a favor and listen to this Let it Grow
Outf'in standing. One of the best I have ever heard- really- really you must check this out- it is stunning- ad to that the HSF break out and the sound and it is a keeper- very very very good aud.
August 22, 2005 Subject:
I was at the show too...and yes it was unusually cool (for Phoenix) and threatening to rain, hence Cold Rain and Snow as the first set starter. It actually was raining during Let it Grow and it felt like the band was rushing for cover at the end of the first set. It rained during the break and then they came back and pulled out Help/Slip/Franklin which was worth a wetting. Definitely an uneven show but I remember it fondly. Sentimental 4 stars.
March 31, 2005 Subject:
My first Dead show!
Very,very,very good sound! Good Help/slip/frank, also I think the Let it Grow had a nice feel to it.
I remember everyone freaking out when they started the Help on the way-first in a long time!!
March 15, 2005 Subject:
Help/ Slip / Frank
After a 6 year lay-off the band pulls out Help Slip Frank (last played 10-11-1977), Help is played well, Jerry gets the lyrics and the transition into Slipknot is on the mark, Slipknot is a shorter version, concise and played with energy...Jerry leads the unison riff at the end and Franklin's emerges confidently...it's worth a listen just to say you did...
Reviewer:J. Jonah Jameson
July 7, 2004 Subject:
Good AUD filler!
It's too bad this isn't a better show, because it's one of the most incredible AUD recordings I've ever heard. You can kind of tell this is the 1st show of the year, and I guess it was raining or something because most of the songs are sloppy. The big point of interest is the return of Help>Slip>Franklin's, and a pretty good version of it. The Playin' is pretty good, too. The Sugar Mag is pretty good, but that's about it. Definitely check out this recording, because I don't know how this taper pulled off such an amazing recording, it's just a bummer the show isn't on the same level. Use it as filler!
Source: Source Info: Master FOB Audience PCM; (3)Sennheiser 421 mics; Transfer Info: PCM (Sony SL-HF66)> Sony PCM-601ESD> Behringer Ultramatch Pro> Tascam DA-3000> Adobe Audition 3.0> TLH flac16; Transfer by Charlie Miller; Mastered by Scott Clugston